From the Lips of Children

This is when we need to be more childlike in what we say and in how quickly we speak.

Matthew 21:12-17

Reference: v.16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”

Explore: A friend of mine recently posted a photo on her Facebook wall. It was a beautifully printed letter that her ten-year-old son had made for her.

While it looked like he had put a lot of work into the pictures and the design layout, it was his words that stood out the most.

“Mum, You are the best mum a boy or girl could ever have. You are trustworthy, friendly and reliable and you are my MUM.”

My friend was so touched by this note – she said it warmed her heart.

Application: As adults we often think these kinds of positive things, but we are so busy and consumed with our own world that we don’t take the time to stop and speak them out.

This is when we need to be more childlike in what we say and in how quickly we speak. I know that I often wait until I have noticed numerous positive aspects about someone before I say anything, whereas children are much more likely to be open and honest up front.

When Jesus was healing people in the temple it was the children who were shouting out, “Hosanna to the Son of David.”

May we learn to be more ‘childish’ in our speech and be more open with our positive affirmation of those around us.

Prayer: Lord, You have blessed us so much. May we not contain our appreciation, but openly share Your love with everyone we meet. Amen.

Which three people can you praise today?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.